Archive: Issue No. 54, Februray 2002

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CAPE TOWN
20.02.02 Pieter Hugo at the Cold Room
20.02.02 Belinda Betsch at Java Gallery
20.02.02 'A Broken Landscape' at the SANG
13.02.02 Video art exhibition at Michaelis Galleries
13.02.02 'Family Tree ... Roots 'n All' at Bang the Gallery
13.02.02 Nicholas Mukomberanwa and others at Cape Gallery
13.02.02 Liza Grobler at the Chelsea Gallery
06.02.02 Theo Kleynhans at the Arts Association of Bellville
06.02.02 Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Jill Trappler and Cobus van Bosch at the AVA
06.02.02 Arlene Amaler-Raviv and Dale Yudelman collaborative exhibition
31.01.02 Egon Tania at João Ferreira Fine Art
23.01.02 Jürgen Doom at 3rd i Gallery
23.01.02 Alex Hamilton at Azara restaurant
16.01.02 Nicolaas Maritz at the Elsie Balt Art Gallery
16.01.02 Artists for Human Rights: 'Break the Silence' at the SA Museum
28.11.01 'Positive Lives: Responses to HIV' at the National Gallery

STELLENBOSCH
20.02.02 Sheila Cussons at the Sasol Art Museum
13.02.02 Architect Pius Pahl at the Sasol Art Museum
09.01.02 Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial
CAPE TOWN

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo


Pieter Hugo at the Cold Room

Freelance photographer Pieter Hugo presents his first solo show, 'Margin', before flying off to Italy to take up a post at Fabrica design school. According to the press release, 'Margin' "deals with the absurdity and beauty of the mundane, and paints a unique picture of life on the periphery of South African society. Hugo's documentary style of photography captures the banal elements of life and elevates them to the magical."

Hugo's work has appeared in a range of local magazines and group exhibitions. This is the first in a host of upcoming photographic exhibitions with the Month of Photography commencing very soon.

Opening: Thursday February 21 at 7pm
Closing: April 15

The Cold Room Photographic Gallery, 143 Harrington Street
Tel: (021) 447 4183
Email: pieter_hugo@hotmail.com
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 1pm


Belinda Betsch

Invitation to 'Housewife on X-rays'


Belinda Betsch at Java Gallery

'Housewife on X-rays' is the title of Belinda Betsch's debut solo show at this coffee shop/gallery venue. Betsch has worked over X-ray sheets with simple surgical procedures like stitching, which is not unlike a simple domestic procedure. Her stitched together and embroidered pieces muse on the uncertainty that is countered by the taking of an X-ray. The works are presented as lightboxes.

Opening: February 20 at 7pm

Java Gallery, 42 Trill Road, Observatory
Email: girlslikemary@yahoo.com




'A Broken Landscape' at the SANG

HIV/AIDS in South Africa has become more than a disease - it is a key political and social issue. Challenging the boundaries between photography, activism, art galleries and township communities is Gideon Mendel's 'A Broken Landscape'. The exhibition accompanies the launch of this internationally acclaimed South African photographer's book of the same title and forms part of 'Positive Lives', currently on show in the gallery. This body of work depicting HIV/AIDS across Africa was shot over the last decade and produced in partnership with the UK NGO Action Aid. This is the first part in a growing body of work produced by Mendel on the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in Cape Town. The first of the series focuses on the contentious issue of anti-retrovirals (see the article in last week's Mail & Guardian for an extract from the book).

Accompanying the images and text is an installation which people living with HIV/AIDS in Cape Town's poorest communities have been working on with skilled volunteers at the SANG, producing personal memory boxes by which they wish to be remembered and celebrated. Visitors to the gallery will be invited to make solidarity matchboxes.

Opening: February 16
Closing: March 20

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens Tel: (021) 465 1628
Fax: (021) 461 0045
Website: www.museums.org.za/sang
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm


Matt Hindley

Matthew Hindley
Allow Me to Observe
Video still


Video art exhibition at Michaelis Galleries

The World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, in association with the Michaelis School of Fine Art, presents the first group video exhibition in the Michaelis Galleries. Works by Fernando Alvim, Matt Hindley, Malcolm Payne, Tracey Rose and Minnette Vári will be exhibited in the Michaelis Gallery, the Michaelis Upper Gallery, the Michaelis Lecture Theatre and Hiddingh Hall.

These artists - from South Africa and Angola - have all been represented on previous World Wide Video Festivals. Vári, Hindley, Rose and Alvim all exhibited new commissioned works at last year's festival, while Payne was represented on the 1998 and 2000 festivals. The show will give Capetonians a chance to see works that have been written about widely on Artthrob, including Vári's Chimera and Rose's Ode to Leones - see Storm van Rensburg's Review and Sue Williamson's Diary.

The exhibition will be opened by Tom van Vliet, director of the World Wide Video Festival.

Opening: Monday February 18 at 6pm
Closing: March 9

Michaelis School of Fine Art, Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town
Tel/Fax: (021) 480-7111/4
Email: cperez@hiddingh.uct.ac.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 1pm




'Family Tree ... Roots 'n All' at Bang the Gallery

'Family Tree ... Roots 'n All' is a curated group show. Participants explore the notion of origins and ancestors, and include Uwe Pfaff, Heike Davies, Alex Hamilton, Karen Jay, Tamsin Relly, Monya Killian, David Hlongwane and Lara Kruger.

Opening: Monday February 18 at 6pm
Closing: March 3

Bang the Gallery, 21 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1477
Email: alexh@bangthegallery.co.za
Website: www.bangthegallery.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm




Nicholas Mukomberanwa and others at Cape Gallery

Nicholas Mukomberanwa is a Zimbabwean who works primarily in black Penhalonga serpentine stone and is well known for his bold, angular figurative sculptures. He has held several exhibitions including one at the Goodman Gallery in 1981. His work is found in numerous collections including that of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has taught all five of his sons to sculpt, and one, Laurence Mukomberanwa, will be exhibiting alongside him here.

Colin Stephenson was born in 1977 and studied photography at PE Technikon. He will be showing work which documents his travels through Namibia, the Karoo and the Eastern Cape. This is his first solo exhibition. Raquel de Castro Maia graduated at the same time as Stephenson and will be exhibiting his photographs. His body of work is entitled 'Off the Ground' and documents his exploration of the Eastern Cape.

Opening: Sunday February 17 at 4.30pm
Closing: March 2

Cape Gallery, 60 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423 5309
Fax: (021) 424 9063
Email: cgallery@mweb.co.za
Website: www.capegallery.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm


Liza Grobler

Liza Grobler
'Almost a Valentine'


Liza Grobler at the Chelsea Gallery

'Almost a Valentine' is the title of Lisa Grobler's show, which opens ... almost on Valentine's Day. "A pink and perky affair with varied connections to matters of the heart" is how she describes her body of work, a mixture of two- and three-dimensional pieces made in a variety of media. Grobler has chosen largely mass-produced materials, such as pipe cleaners, polystyrene chips and plastic bags, to make this work. Pertinently, the show focuses on the possibility of love, or the striving towards a euphoric state that might never be obtained. The exhibition aims at recreating a space that imitates and embraces the wide range of low-cost consumer products that flood the market at this time of the year, in all their cheap pink, red and white glory. At the same time Grobler questions our plastic-coated views on love. Characteristically (she once knitted a pink jersey for a sadly truncated tree stump), the work is humorous and draws especially on the well-known symbol of the heart used to represent love (and life).

Grobler has recently returned from a three-month residency in Norway. This is her second solo show at this venue.

Opening: Tuesday February 12 at 6.30pm
Closing: March 2

Chelsea Art Gallery, 51 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea-Wynberg
Tel: (021) 761 6805
Fax: (021) 761 6805
Email: chelsea-gallery@mweb.co.za
Website: home.mweb.co.za/ch/chelsart/gallery
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30 am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 1pm




Theo Kleynhans at the Arts Association of Bellville

Theo Kleynhans (chairman of the Arts Association of Bellville) shows recent paintings in an exhibition entitled 'Ideograms'. The dictionary defines the ideogram thus: "A character symbolising the idea presented in a writing process". Kleynhans' work deals with the symbolic discovery and loss of memory, understanding how these emotions affect our perceptions and how they shape our identity. His paintings use highly personal symbolic images and coded scripts to express his cerebral processes.

Opening February 13 at 6pm
Closing: March 7

Arts Association of Bellville, Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street, Bellville
Tel: (021) 918 2301/2287
Fax: (021) 918 2083
Email: artb@icon.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 5pm


Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt
You Promised


Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Jill Trappler and Cobus van Bosch at the AVA

The three artists next up at the AVA are all familiar to Capetonians - and the AVA, for that matter. Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, currently completing her Masters at Wits, participated in the residency programme 'Fresh' at the National Gallery last year. Her collaborative project on the bomb attacks in Cape Town between 1998 and 2000, entitled 'In View of You', is to culminate in a book/documentary in 2003. She has held solo shows at the AVA and João Ferreira Fine Art, and was the initiator of the Joubert Park Public Art Project.

Of her new work, Kreutzfeldt says: "'Things Left Unsaid' begs the question of what is unsaid and why - because nobody would understand? Because it is unspeakable? Or would not be heard? And who does not or cannot speak? Is it because language, meaning and originality are exhausted? And in place we find revolt, disbelief and refusal?"

Jill Trappler presents a series of works made during the last 10 years, giving the show its title of 'Looking Back'. Trappler works largely in an abstract fashion, but images seemed to be creeping into her last body of work. She has been involved with the Thupelo workshops and exchanges which have taken place over the last few years and has work in many public and private collections.

Cobus van Bosch, art critic for Die Burger, has previously held two shows at the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet. The last of these dealt with Van Bosch's time in National Service, while the previous show featured the recurring image of a cast-iron drain lid. This motif reappears in his new body of work, 'Monument', in which he has cast these objects in iron with images inscribed on their surfaces.

Opening February 11 at 6pm
Closing: March 2

See REVIEWS

Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637
Email: avaart@iafrica.com
Website: www.ava.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Arlene Amaler-Raviv & Dale Yudelman

Arlene Amaler-Raviv and Dale Yudelman


Arlene Amaler-Raviv and Dale Yudelman collaborative exhibition

Painter Arlene Amaler-Raviv and photographer Dale Yudelman first collaborated at the AVA in 1999. The show comprised both new and archival photographic images printed onto aluminium plate. Amaler-Raviv worked paint and overlayed images onto these, most recognisably that of a large, perpetually walking man.

This, their second collaborative endeavour, is entitled 'Where the Mountain Meets the City'. Images printed onto glass and aluminium take the viewer on a journey down Cape Town's Long Street. Amaler-Raviv has worked on these images, superimposing different aspects of daily life in the city, recreating and shifting the boundaries of the original landscape.

Opening: February 7 at 6pm
Closing: March 31

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Temporary Space, 232 Long Street (near the corner of Buiten Street), Cape Town
Tel: 083 434 7100
Email: mlmart@mweb.co.za
Website: www.urbanart.co.za
Open: Mon - Sat


Egon Tania

Egon Tania
Girl and Man on a Chair


Egon Tania at João Ferreira Fine Art

Egon Tania is an increasingly well-known sculptor who is based in Pretoria. He has previously held two solo shows at Harris Fine Art (now closed) in Cape Town, the last two years ago. Hewn from blocks of laminated wood from old window and door frames, his carved wooden sculptures are largely figurative and strangely unsettling.

Opening: Wednesday February 6 at 6pm
Closing: March 2

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João Ferreira Fine Art, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423 5403 or 082 490 2977
Fax: (021) 423 2136
Email: info@artjoao.co.za
Website: www.artjoao.co.za
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 2pm




Jürgen Doom at 3rd i Gallery

Flemish photographer Jürgen Doom will show black and white photographs taken in China in an exhibition titled 'Visions of China: Tracing Dragons beyond the Great Wall'. Doom will hold two photographic workshops during the course of the exhibition, the first a basic introduction to photography; the second, a month later, an assessment of a set assignment. Workshop dates are February 20 and March 20 at 6pm. Call the gallery to book.

Opening: January 31
Closing: March 13

3rd i Gallery, 95 Upper Waterkant Street (corner Buitengragt)
Tel: (021) 425 2266
Email: fcinciii@iafrica.com
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9.30am - 1.30pm




Alex Hamilton at Azara restaurant

Alex Hamilton's new paintings, mandalas inspired by a range of cultures, were exhibited in Holland and Spain last year. Now Hamilton returns to a familiar space in Cape Town. Azara is the restaurant located where Hamilton opened the original Bang the Gallery four years ago. In typically flamboyant fashion, Hamilton says: "To embrace and charge the past with a new energy and attitude and to showcase my development is part of the reasoning why I decided to exhibit at Azara. It is truly a beautiful space for my new works to make their entry." Hamilton will show this year in Dublin, Ireland, and Dortmund, Germany.

Opening: January 28 at 6pm
Closing: March 28

Azara, Heritage Square, 92 Bree Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 426 5094 or 422 1477
Email: alex@alexhamilton.co.za
Website: www.alexhamilton.co.za
Hours: Mon - Sat 12 - 3pm, 7 - 11pm


Nicolaas Maritz

Nicolaas Maritz
Two Lemons, 2002


Nicolaas Maritz at the Elsie Balt Art Gallery

Nicolaas Maritz is well known for his landscape and still life paintings, and recently for some large-scale wire sculptures. His work is distinguished by simplified forms and an intense but unsaturated palette. He held a large exhibition of paintings at the UCT Irma Stern Museum last year and now shows more new work in Darling, his hometown.

Opening: Sunday January 20 at 3pm
Closing: February 24

Elsie Balt Art Gallery, Evita se Perron, Arcadia Street, Darling
Tel: (022) 492 2851/2831
Email: evita@iafrica.com


Mduduzi Xakaza

Mduduzi Xakaza
Artwork for HIV/Aids Billboards Porfolio

Click on image to see billboard in situ


Artists for Human Rights: 'Break the Silence' at the SA Museum

Previously shown in Durban, this exhibition of 31 prints by South African and international artists is part of the HIV/AIDS Print Portfolio and Bilboard Project of the organisation Artists for Human Rights, which aims to promote greater awareness of HIV/AIDS and its effects on individuals and communities. Local artists who contributed to the project include Trevor Makhoba, Gabisile Nkosi, Mduduzi Xakaza, Sue Williamson, Judith Mason and Judy Woodborne, while Yusuf Arakkal (India), Deryck Healey (UK) and Amira Wasfy (Egypt) are among the international names. The exhibition includes banners and billboards designed to take the artists' messages to the people. A limited edition portfolio of signed and numbered prints is for sale to raise funds for the organisation.

Until March 24

South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 3330
Fax: (021) 424 6716
Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm
Entrance R8 (children, scholars, pensioners, Friends free)


Gideon Mendel

Gideon Mendel
Treatment Action Campaign march, International AIDS Conference 2000. Durban, South Africa
Black and white photograph


'Positive Lives: Responses to HIV' at the National Gallery

A collaboration between the Terrence Higgins Trust, Network Photographers and people living with HIV, this exhibition uses photography and personal testimonies to communicate the human story behind the AIDS pandemic. The images and text present the personal experiences of people, reflecting the issues and emotions that confront them in living or working with HIV/AIDS.

Since the exhibition was seen at the National Gallery in 1995, it has travelled extensively, visiting India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Europe, the USA and Australia and has grown and changed significantly with new stories and photographs being added at each stop. New work reflecting experiences from Cape Town and environs will be added here. Next year will also see the start of a tour to nine regions in Mozambique, where local stories will form a central part of the exhibition. Organisers hope to extend the tour of the 'Positive Lives' gallery show to other cities in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa, along with their outreach programmes.

This event is made possible by volunteers from 'Positive Lives' in the United Kingdom and continued support from the Levi-Strauss Foundation. It tours with the support of various sponsors including Glaxo-Wellcome, AIDS Trust of Australia, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the British Council, Roche Products and Drik Gallery.

'Positive Lives' has a full educational programme which includes guided tours of the exhibition every Wednesday lunchtime. A full programme for school groups, including paper prayer workshops, quilt-making workshops and tours of the exhibition, and free educational pamphlet are available. Information volunteers will be present in the exhibition at all times. To arrange workshops and seminars, contact Dammon Rice at (021) 448 0117 or 082 673 8604. For more information on theproject contact Kevin Ryan at positive.lives@tht.org.uk or visit www.positivelives.com.

Opening: December 1
Closing: March 24 2002

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465 1628
Fax: (021) 461 0045
Website: www.museums.org.za/sang
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm

STELLENBOSCH



Sheila Cussons at the Sasol Art Museum

This exhibition of work by Sheila Cussons is presented as part of Stellenbosch's Afrikaans Woordfees 2002 programme. Showcasing both her visual and literary works, it is entitled 'The Artist - An Osmosis: Poet and Painter'. On Saturday March 2 walkabouts will be conducted at 11am and 2pm by Amanda Botha and Adrie van Eede, both from the Department of Afrikaans at the University, at a cost of R5.

Opening: Wednesday February 27 at 6.30pm
Closing: March 31

Sasol Art Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Fax: (021) 808 3669
Email: usmuseum@sun.ac.za
Hours: Tues - Fri, 9am - 4.30pm, Wed 9am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 2pm - 17pm


Pius Pahl

Pius Pahl


Architect Pius Pahl at the Sasol Art Museum

The Sasol Art Museum pays tribute to modernist icon Pius Pahl, born in Germany in 1909 but resident in Stellenbosch for the past 30 years. Pahl was part of the Bauhaus, the cradle of the International style, and his work embodies its credo. Pahl is a skilled carpenter, builder, glassier, designer, artist and architect. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was his teacher and friend and his associates included Le Corbusier.

Pahl lectured in architecture at the University of Cape Town from 1952 to 1954. He is well known internationally and has received several awards, including a gold Medal from the South African Institute of Architects. Some of his work is included in the permanent Bauhaus exhibition in Berlin, Germany.

Opening: February 16 at 10.30am
Closing: March 31

Sasol Art Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Fax: (021) 808 3669
Email: usmuseum@sun.ac.za
Hours: Tues - Fri, 9am - 4.30pm, Wed 9am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 2pm - 17pm


Jacques Dhont

Jacques Dhont
The Plumber and the Swamp Lady


Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial

The beautiful wine estate of Spier will form the backdrop to the first Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial this month. With works commissioned from a selection of South African artists, joined by Urs Twellman from Switzerland, the biennial will serve to broaden the base of Spier's annual arts festival, which up to now has focused on the performing arts.

Initiated and administered by Public Eye, the Outdoor Sculpture Biennial aims to nurture national and international awareness of Spier and the Cape region. Similar events in the UK, Italy, Denmark and France have captured the public imagination, inspired discussion and created a new awareness of the surroundings.

The biennial comprises two parallel exhibitions. The first takes place on the Spier estate and includes work produced in the studio as well as on site. Participants are Susan Reid, Jacques Dhont, Deborah Bell, Willie Bester, David Brown, Jo O'Connor, Randy Hartzenberg, Sean Slemon, Bruce Arnott, Nicole Meyer and Swiss artist Urs Twellman. The second exhibition is at the Jan Marais Nature Reserve and features work by Sanelle Aggenbach, Elmarie van der Merwe, Terry de Vries, Marco Franzoso, Hettie de Klerk, Jacobus Kloppers, Dannie Carstens and David Jones.

During the biennial there will be workshops and talks by the participating artists and Sunday tours by trained guides. The art works will be for sale. Alongside the exhibition, a Public Art Symposium will be held in March which will attract academics and other experts in the field to share ideas, problems and future plans for outdoor exhibitions. See Exchange for details of this part of the event.

Opening: Thursday January 17 at 6pm
Closing: March 31

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Spier Wine Estate and Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch
For more information contact Public Eye on 448 1087
Email: bobman@iafrica.com

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